Kate Hudson Opens Up About Raising Her Daughter Rani with a 'Genderless' Approach

Kate Hudson's 3-month-old daughter may be "incredibly feminine in her energy" right now, but the actress wants baby Rani to grow into her own identity.
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Kate Hudson isn’t putting any gender labels on little Rani Rose.

The 39-year-old actress and WW ambassador revealed in a recent interview with AOL that she embraces a “genderless approach” to parenting 3-month-old Rani and her two older brothers from Hudson’s previous relationships: Bingham Hawn, 7½, and Ryder Russell, 15.

“[Having a daughter] doesn’t really change my approach, but there’s definitely a difference,” she told the outlet. “I think you just raise your kids individually regardless — like a genderless [approach]. We still don’t know what she’s going to identify as.”

“I will say that, right now, she is incredibly feminine in her energy, her sounds and her way,” Hudson explained. “It’s very different from the boys, and it’s really fun to actually want to buy kids’ clothes.”

“With the boys it was just onesies … actually, I did pretty good with the boys,” she clarified with a laugh. “But with her it’s a whole other ball game. There’s some stuff that I’m like, ‘I can’t do that to her, because it’s so over-the-top.’ “

Hudson’s own upbringing — as the only girl in a group of brothers, including Oliver Hudson and Wyatt Russell — helped her be able to see the fluidity of gender roles.

“I was a tomboy in a spinning dress,” she shared. “My middle brother [Boston Russell], who is closest to me in age, was basically my sister because I put makeup on him all the time, and I’d dress him up and he loved it.”

“But growing up as a girl with all boys, you end up with a thick skin. You really do,” said the Almost Famous actress. “People say, ‘Oh, your brothers must’ve really protected you.’ And I’m like, ‘They threw me right into the fire!’ ”

While Hudson is committed to raising her three children in a gender-neutral environment, Kurt Russell previously shared that her demeanor has shifted a bit when compared to how she parented her sons as babies.

“She’s a little different with the little girl, I think at this stage, than I remember her being with her boys [at this age],” the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 star told PEOPLE in November of longtime love Goldie Hawn‘s daughter.

“We’re really glad that she got [a daughter] and had an opportunity to have her,” Russell continued, adding of Hudson and boyfriend Danny Fujikawa, “We’re proud of Danny and the relationship that grew between Kate and Danny, the result being Rani Rose.”



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